Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Rabbie Burns once sang, “O, my Luve's like a red, red rose, that's newly sprung in June...” It was a good botanical observation.
Robert Burns lived in Scotland in the 1700’s, when all the rose plants in Europe bloomed only once in early summer (often June), in a mass profusion of flowers. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that rose breeders began to cross European and Asian roses, and Europeans experienced rose plants that bloomed continuously through summer. And orange roses!
In the tradition of European rose breeding, our rose is named after a woman, Lady Emma Hamilton. From the breeder’s website: “Lady Emma Hamilton was Horatio Nelson's lover and we have named this rose to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.” You can read about Lady Emma Hamilton here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma,_Lady_Hamilton